Project Profile

Location: Brixton, London

Architect: Squire and Partners

Website: The Department Store


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The department store, Brixton

In 2015 Squire and Partners, a large architectural practice in London, purchased a dilapidated Edwardian department store in Brixton, London. The department store, a former Bon Marche, was to be the new offices for the 220 staff members of squire and Partners.

In the winter of 2015 Squire and Partners approached us to build a new oak framed roof top area on top of the existing three storey department store in central London. As you might expect, this was not a straightforward or a conventional project – building on top of a three storey building came with complications, but nothing we couldn’t overcome! For example we used a crawler crane that was dismantled, hoisted up to the roof and put back together again. The 50 tonnes of oak that was used in the project was also hoisted onto the roof. In busy London…this was no mean feat!

The new roof top space on the fourth floor, provides a wonderful social space which includes a bar, lounge and dining area which opens out onto a landscaped roof top terrace.

About the frame

A four man carpentry team erected the large frame which had large oak colonnades (450mm in diameter) and a dragon beam roof with six roof lanterns that were six meter in diameter; all of which flood the space with natural light. Following four months onsite in the August of 2016 the 5,000ft space was officially completed in May 2017.